Georgia Students Fighting for First Integrated Prom
What an odd headline to read and write in the year 2013—especially when the Supreme Court ruled racial segregation to be unconstitutional in 1954, but it apparently still happens.
The population of Rochelle, Georgia is a little more than 1,100 and is about half white and half African American according to the 2010 Census. So why do the folks of Wilcox County still not allow an integrated prom? AddictingInfo.com reports that Wilcox County High School was integrated in 1983, but instead of allowing integrated proms, they just didn’t allow any proms at all. Parents would instead throw private segregated dances.
Well, a group of four friends is fed up with that and has decided to throw their own prom—one that anyone can attend regardless of race. They’ve even set up a Facebook page to garner support and raise money.
“We live in rural south Georgia, where not too many things change. Well, as a group of adamant high school seniors, we want to make a difference in our community,” the Facebook page, which has more than 2,200 likes, says. “For the first time in the history of our county, we plan to have an integrated prom.”
Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace, and Keela Bloodworth have been friends since fourth grade. Stephanie and Keela are white and Mareshia and Quanesha are black. They are all seniors at Wilcox County High School.
“We are all friends,” Stephanie told WGXA-TV. “That’s just kind of not right that we can’t go to prom together.”
“If we don’t change it nobody else will,” Keela said.
But the girls are running into resistance.
“I put up posters for the Integrated Prom and we’ve had people ripping them down at the school,” Keela told WGXA-TV.
Whatever the naysayers think, the Integrated Prom is set for April 27.